The periodic table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.
We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?
From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in The Disappearing Spoon.
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The Disapperaing Spoon = great read
A great read since there is a path of knowledge and learning that is stunning. !!
I'm listening to it for the second time.
Unfortunate title. Overlook it and learn something.
I know the point of the title. It's covered in the book. But without that knowledge the purchase doesn't seem wise. Get over that feeling. If you have any interest in science/chemistry/history/ or the elements get this book and drink it whole. Listen to it all in one day so you can get up the next day and listen to it all again. I thought it was fabulous. It covered events I knew, only better. It covered events I didn't know and made me smarter. It raised people up and dropped others down to where both should be. It's better than a day at Disneyland. Okay, it's better than a cold, rainy day at Disneyland with someone else's whiny kids.
I've listened to this audio book 5 times.
The narrator does a fantastic job!
Listen and learn!!